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The Sinking of the Empress of Britain – 28 October 1940

On 28 October 1940, RMS Empress of Britain was torpedoed in the Atlantic by U-32 and sank about 70 miles off County Donegal.

The attack by U-32 was a follow-up attack after the ship had been bombed by German planes on 26 October – after which, most of the passengers and crew had been safely evacuated from the stricken ship.

The Empress of Britain was the largest ship sunk by a U-boat during the Second World War, and it is rumoured that the liner was carrying a large amount of gold.

Included below are two, contemporary newspaper stories that report on the sinking of the ship.

Sinking of Empress of Britain
Hull Daily Mail | 26 October 1940

 

 

Empress of Britain
Cornishman | 31 October 1940

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